100 people go to meeting to discuss Portchester Lidl bid

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PROPOSALS for a new supermarket were top of the agenda at a residents’ meeting.

Lidl has put in a pre-planning application to build on a site in Portchester town centre and people living nearby were given the chance to see the discount food chain’s proposal.

At last night’s Community Action Team (CAT) meeting, held at Portchester Community School, Fareham Borough Council relayed the facts to the audience.

Around 100 people turned up to hear what planning issues need to be considered if Lidl put in a full planning application for the Castle Trading estate.

Issues raised included the effects the new store could have on existing businesses in the District Centre, whether the loss of site is acceptable and any effects it may have on nearby houses to the east of the estate.

But car parking, extra traffic and if other sites might be more suitable were also listed.

For many at the meeting, they would like to see the Lidl proposal go forward.

Jane Baker, 56, who lives nearby, said it would give the town centre more variety.

‘At the moment, the shops we have to pick from are limited,’ she said.

‘I go out of the town centre to do my shopping because I can’t get a lot of food at the Co-op.

‘Having a store like a Lidl will give people here more options.’

Another resident, who didn’t want to be named, said the Co-op can be expensive.

They said: ‘For me, having a Lidl would be good for competition.

‘The Co-op can be so expensive when they don’t have particular offers on.’

But, some people spoke out against the potential move with suggestions that a nearby industrial site would be more appropriate.

Lidl is expected to put in a planning application in the near future but it has to speak to the council to discuss its proposals in more detail.

The CAT meeting also updated residents about the last year in Fareham and on future developments or projects.